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Mihir Balantrapu  |  03 March 2021

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The Hindu Cryptic #13,185 | Incognito | 30 Across

CLUE: Inform famous archer (4)

Clue type: double-definition, general knowledge

Definitions: Inform; famous archer

Answers: TELL

Clue explained:

This here is a double-defintion type of clue. And just so you know, it involves some history.

Another word for ‘inform’ is TELL.

And William TELL was the Swiss ‘archer’ who ‘famous’ly shot an apple off his son’s head to defy the tyrannical Habsburg emperor of Austria!

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